Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has asked opposition parties to join an interim government ahead of a snap election set for November 1.
Within hours two parties confirmed they would not take part, raising the prospect of a power-sharing cabinet dominated by Davutoglu’s AK Party.
“I have to form it in five days,” said Davutoglu. “All political parties should be represented based on the votes they received. Since leaders of opposition parties have turned down my propositions, my duty is to make offers to opposition deputies directly.”
The leader of pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP said his deputies are ready but would not be surprised if Davutoglu tried to exclude them.
“We should not be surprised if they breach the constitution and try to form a government without HDP. Is there a day they don’t breach the constitution?,” asked party leader Selahattin Demirtas.
With Turkish jets currently bombing Kurdish militants, analysts say that having HDP in the interm government could be contentious .. especially as President Erdogan has accused the party and Demirtas of having links to the militants.